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When it comes to eating and kids, nothing beats food on a stick. Create salad on a stick to serve with Nestlé® Pure Life® Water, for a nutritious meal perfect to take on the go. #PureLifeRippleEffectWell, we have moved in. I am not going to lie…I am EXHAUSTED!!! This summer has been a complete whirlwind between selling our house in record time, being without a home for six weeks, and moving to another state. But we did it and we are in our house!
The first thing I wanted to do was to unpack my kitchen. The first thing my kids wanted to do, was go to the pool. It was understandable, the new neighborhood pool is pretty awesome and they had not been a pool for weeks. The good thing was that they had school the first day–so I could unpack the kitchen and take them to the pool on the weekend–and leave the remainder of the house in shambles!! HA!
In the morning, I ran to Walmart, where I was able to grab everything I needed to pack a picnic for the pool, along with toilet paper, paper towels, etc–all the stuff you FORGET you need in a new home 🙂 And thankfully, we quickly located Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water bottles, and I grabbed a few cases. They would be perfect for our picnic at the pool, upcoming school lunches, and for the kids to run in and grab after biking in the afternoon.
I found water bottles from Nestlé® Pure Life® with designs and sayings (like a basketball and “Go Team”), the kids loved seeing what was featured on their water bottle. It got them excited about drinking water! They are called Share a Smile and my kids certainly smiled as they read each water bottle!
After being without a home kitchen for 6 weeks, we had not been eating as healthy as we typically do. We had picked our choices carefully, but fresh fruit and veggies were not as abundant as they are in my house. So, I was craving something fresh and something that would make the kids excited about eating veggies again. And that is why, I put Salad on a Stick. Genius, if I do say so myself–kids always enjoy eating more when things are on a stick.
In my opinion, fruits and veggies
This came together in NO TIME. I seasoned some fresh chicken and broiled it (we had yet to get propane for our grill, or I would have grilled it–but leftover chicken, nitrate-free lunch meat, rotisserie chicken, are all great for this recipe.) Then, I chopped a few fresh veggies and skewered them onto sticks. Serve with some ranch dressing and you know you have a winner!
I grabbed the Salad(s) on a Stick, some fresh fruit skewers, watermelon, and Nestlé® Pure Life® Water bottles and headed to the pool.
We had a blast. We made new friends and my kids felt welcomed and excited to be here in our new town. My heart was happy.
My nerves were also relieved because the kids drank up their waters. I can get a little stressed at times that my kids are not drinking enough water. As you know, we have Cystic Fibrosis and are prone to dehydration. And while I always have water on hand, for whatever reason, my kids will drink more when it comes from a prepackaged water bottle. I am not alone in that battle, In a survey recently conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life®nearly 2 in 5 (37%) moms agree letting their child drink bottled water instead of out of a cup would help get their child to drink more water. Other tactics moms think would get their child to drink more water include using “fun” straws (40%), and choosing packaging with fun graphics or characters (29%).* Trust me, dehydration is NOT something to mess around with and can happen so quickly. Whatever I have to do to get my kids to drink up more water, I am good with!
And I love these tips on how to stay hydrated from the survey and Robin Plotkin:
- 33% of kids surveyed* find it hard to remember to drink water without reminders. One suggestion to remind kids to drink more water during play dates or other group events is to designate an adult Water Captain to help with hydration. The captain sets an alarm on his/her phone for various intervals, depending on conditions such as the temperature, the type and level of play. Each time the alarm sounds, the group breaks for water.
- Prep ahead a week’s worth of bottled water, like Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water, for lunches or on-the-go-events at one time. Store in the freezer and remove when needed to stock lunches, backpacks, or gym bags. The water will be ready to drink when your child is ready.
- Lead by example. Each time Mom or Dad goes for a drink of water, ask your children if they’d like a drink of water, too. Soon, it will be the kids asking the parents if they’d like to join them for a water break.
- Checking your child’s urine color is a simple way to gauge whether or not enough he/she is getting enough fluid each day. When well hydrated, urine should be straw or lemonade color. If the urine is dark yellow, encourage additional water intake.
- Have cups, straws, lids and other drinking “equipment” available to provide to your kids to make drinking water more fun. Empower them to fill their own cups of water-and praise them when they do.
- 29% of moms surveyed* say that “fun tactics” would get their kids to drink more water. What’s a fun tactic? Try storing a disposable cup or water bottle on a low shelf or in the side door of the refrigerator and label it with your child’s initial. Or, use a favorite character sticker or trinket or even designate a special space in the fridge just for your child’s water!
- Using age appropriate concepts, talk to your kids about the importance of hydration. For young children, explain that it helps them stay cool when they are hot; for older, school-aged children, remind them that even mild to moderate dehydration can negatively impact mood, energy, concentration and short term memory—which are all important when studying, taking exams or playing sports.
- Talk as a family about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In addition to eating a well balanced diet and getting regular exercise, discuss drinking water and getting enough sleep as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. A recent survey* found that kids who drink 4+ glasses of water per day are more likely to exhibit healthy habits, such as getting their own water when they are thirsty or eating their fruit and vegetables at meal times without reminders.
- Drink a cup when you wake up. Create a routine that involves drinking 1 cup of water upon waking. Simply leave a supply of disposable paper cups near the sink. Much like washing the face and brushing teeth, this will quickly become a regular part of the morning for each family member.
- According to 88% of moms surveyed*, water is the beverage their child most regularly drinks in the car. Make this a healthy habit by making sure that each child has a bottle of water in hand before they leave the house.
- Together with your child, set a water intake goal. Create a chart or a graph (or log it online) and help them meet their goals with frequent reminders throughout the day. If goals are met, reward with a water-centric item such as a personalized water bottle or a novelty straw. © 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc.
As a proud supporter of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up initiative, Nestlé® Pure Life® is committed to helping families make healthier choices, starting with hydration. Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year at over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country through After-School All-Stars. I know that establishing healthy habits in early childhood has lifelong benefits. Nestlé® Pure Life® call this The Ripple Effect, and are encouraging moms and their kids to reach for water first. Please join me in supporting this great cause. You can get more info and tips at http://cbi.as/q07w or by visisting Nestle Pure Life on Facebook.
Now, for the recipe 🙂
Salad on a Stick
- 1/2 pound chicken breasts or pre-cooked meat
- seasonings: olive oil salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano
- 1 large red pepper cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1 cup carrot chips
- 1 head of romaine lettuce cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1 seedless cucumber cut into 1 inch chunks
- skewers or toothpicks
- Dressing for serving
Preheat broiler or grill.
Pound chicken breasts to 1/2 inch thickness. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil (1/2 tablespoon or so) and sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Cook chicken for 5 minutes on first side,flip and cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until cooked to 180 degrees. Allow chicken to cool and then slice into 1 inch chunks.
Skewer a carrot chip, a chunk of lettuce, a red pepper, followed by a cucumber. Repeat for each skewer.
Serve with your favorite dressing.
I have to say, now that we are settling into our house, we are looking forward to getting back on track with our Healthy Lifestyle.
What does that mean for my family?
- Move Daily: We love to hike together and take walk every evening (weather permitting) together after dinner. If is is yucky outside, we blast some music for a let loose dance party!
- Laugh Together: Laughter is a huge stress reliever and to be silly and joke around is a great way for my family to bond and let go of our worries together.
- Incorporate Fresh Vegetables and Fruits into EVERY Meal: This is crucial for us to be able to get all the nutrients we need in our day.
- Try New Things: Whether a new vegetable, new board game, or new outdoor game, we are always willing to try out something new. We learn to love new things and laugh over things we all failed at (like bocce ball!) Bottom line is it encourages the kids to venture outside their comfort zone in trying new foods or activities, because they see us try as well.
I hope you take the journey on a healthier lifestyle with your family through drinking more water, eating healthier, exercising more and just enjoying life together.
“We conducted our online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12.”
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